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    09-23-2017, 04:25 PM
    OBD - thanks for reminding me of the existence of the Ludwig Olsen book; been meaning to add that to the library for years. . .and now I have. Brownell's has 10% stiffer mag springs for about 20 bucks, and that pretty obviously wants to be done...
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    09-19-2017, 09:43 PM
    WORD! Part of why I sold off my first 1917 (other than the accuracy was horrible) was that the stock seemed designed by some sadist to magnify recoil. A mere .30-06 of that much weight should be a pussycat - it wasn't. Then again, any of the...
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    09-19-2017, 09:04 PM
    Now that I'm curious about. I ran bolt guns in NRA Highpower by lifting the handle with the top of my index finger with the joint closest to the palm, pinching it between that finger and the thumb, pulling back with the arm, but doing a large part...
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    09-19-2017, 08:49 PM
    Burned about 60 rounds of NATO ball through it yesterday to refresh my memory with the issues. Predominantly: 1. Third round down (feeds from the right), will sometimes start to climb the ramp, but the back end of the round will go butt-down...
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    09-18-2017, 11:15 PM
    I would also add that the P14/1917's cock-on-close system is superior in that while working your way through the primary extraction phase to break a sticky case loose of the chamber, you aren't ALSO fighting the striker spring back onto its cocking...
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    09-17-2017, 10:35 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread 30-30 straight in Single Shot Guns
    You might ponder the .30-30 Wesson as a starting point. 14th ed of Cartridges of the World says it was likely an 1880's development and that you could PROBABLY make cases out of .357 Maximum brass. Case length claims to be 1.66", so it's a good...
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    09-17-2017, 10:10 AM
    If you've been following the Beretta replacement pistol trial. . .the haze of corruption and/or incompetence currently surrounding the P320 is certainly one thing, but what really gets me flaming is that they've spent about twice as much just trying...
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    09-16-2017, 08:32 PM
    Yep. . .the length is the tricky issue. While one could block off the back of the mag to move the noses closer to the ramp, I like and insist upon stripper clips. Gonna try & burn some NATO ball through it Monday and refresh my bean on exactly...
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    09-16-2017, 08:24 PM
    No scoffing (well, not too much) - just my observation on things some people choose to agonize over. It would seem that if you were put here to play a part, it would be hard to fathom your arrival as sinful.
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    09-16-2017, 12:41 PM
    Yours then would seem to be the brain I most want to pick. Any glaring differences in follower, mag box, feed lips, or extractor?
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    09-16-2017, 12:40 PM
    Yours then would seem to be the brain I most want to pick. Any glaring differences in follower, mag box, feed lips, or extractor?
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    09-16-2017, 12:35 PM
    My NOE TL358-100 is a Ranch Dog design very similar (if not identical) to those two and IS dimensioned to be tumble-lubed and loaded as-is. Had very good luck shooting mine across several vintage .380 designs as well as a new Glock 42, and bought...
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    09-16-2017, 12:00 PM
    On quick research of what amounts to Bible - page 1, it appears that mankind - both male and female - was created and told to "be fruitful and multiply" before there was any mention of Adam, Eve and serpents. Then there's the sticky situation of...
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    09-16-2017, 10:49 AM
    I spend a lot of time teaching relatively new shooters and as such, I have to be able to shoot the gun they bring to the party better than they do. While I would be forced to say that ergonomics DO make a difference to some degree, I can't place a...
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    09-16-2017, 10:09 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread .50-90 in Single Shot Guns
    Accurate claims their 5744 can be used in the .50-90, though I didn't find data for it on their website. You might start your quest their, as it is a good powder for that general sort of large-volume, low-pressure kind of project. Hodgdon Triple...
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    09-16-2017, 09:31 AM
    A fellow named Hallihan wrote a book called Misfire back in 1994 that investigates the cesspool of knuckle-dragging, bureaucratic stupidity of U.S. Ordnance small arms procurement. From George Washington to today, the only two on which they got the...
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    09-15-2017, 10:32 PM
    A few years back, I scored a Fed-Ord Mauser 98 that had probably been swapped over to a military profile .308 barrel back in the '80's. I expect little more than the barrel was changed because it's not the most reliably-feeding bolt gun you'll run...
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    09-15-2017, 10:19 AM
    WARNING! Atheist logic ahead! The twin notions of God's grand, long-predetermined plan on the one hand - which makes you a cog in a machine - and prayers for making certain cogs better placed on the other would seem to be at least a little at...
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    09-13-2017, 09:11 AM
    Climate change happens, and it happens to enough extremes on its own to have caused extinctions long before we arrived on the scene. The only question is how much humanity is a factor in the current swing of it. What boggles me is that of all the...
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    09-12-2017, 11:49 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Ballard sight. in Single Shot Guns
    Hmmm. . .a No.4 Ballard in a classic 200 yard target cartridge, with an early Lyman 57 sight. . . Seems to me like you need a Merit iris disc screwed in place of the fixed aperture and a spirit level globe in the front. This concept intrigues me...
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    09-11-2017, 08:30 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Ballard sight. in Single Shot Guns
    M.M., I can always count on you to show me something neat! That right there is a fun bit of target rifle history. One of the things that draws me to Ballards is that is was such a good target mechanism that the basic late 1850's action concept...
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    09-11-2017, 07:52 PM
    Actually, ALL of the non-military P320 models - civilian AND LE alike - are being recalled for varying degrees of surgery, and to their credit, Sig seems to be taking steps to make that aspect of it right at least - AFTER the problem went viral on...
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    09-11-2017, 08:56 AM
    Well, with a 10-C mold you may be slinging twice the weight, but you're not slinging it even half as long because sprue hardening time is about the same, but you get twice as many bullets for each cool. For me, casting discomfort is mostly in the...
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    09-10-2017, 07:39 PM
    It's probably a very good gun for astronauts. . .those discharges caused by dropping the gun aren't a problem when you don't have gravity to worry about. The recall need not apply to SWAT teams on the moon. :mrgreen:
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    09-09-2017, 12:24 PM
    I think it's safe to say that if you're loading ammo for a Chassepot, you've got issues. This thread is probably as much a "we don't judge" support group as it is a technical guide.:veryconfu
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    09-09-2017, 12:16 PM
    Hah! Went to full point on the High Wall - took a while to even notice the background. Reminds me of when years ago, my wife and I were walking through the mall when the movie promo posters were out for Mr. & Mrs. Smith. I stopped in my tracks...
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    09-09-2017, 11:56 AM
    Until you're planning to do legit Bullseye competition, I don't think alloy selection at wadcutter pressures is something you have to lay awake nights fretting over. In a case of serendipity, I was given a 10-cavity HG #50 mold at about the same...
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    09-09-2017, 11:40 AM
    As far as strength of the gun is concerned, it sounds like you're going to be shooting softball loads. You're probably LESS likely to break a Ruger, but you really aren't likely to break either one. Much is made of the Smith trigger over the...
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    09-07-2017, 07:51 PM
    I'm intimately acquainted with the maintenance issues of the Gen 3 22 and 23 (.40). The ugly stuff on those seems to appear in the 2000-3000 round ballpark if you aren't swapping recoil springs. You might see the same issues on the 9mm's but MUCH...
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    09-06-2017, 12:44 AM
    Depends on what decade we're talking about. The "fat", but still barely visible sight of the 1911-A1 didn't arrive until 1943. There were a lot of thumbnail fronts and pinched frame rears prior to that that were more suggestions of sights than...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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